‘Echelon-2021’ CSTO drills to be held in Tajikistan
The combat experience gained in Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh will be used as a basis for Russian peacekeepers’ operations with the logistical support of the CSTO Collective Forces during the ‘Echelon-2021’ special military exercises to be held in Tajikistan. According to the Deputy Commander of the Central Military District of Russia, Lieutenant General Alexei Lemyakin, more than 500 troops from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan will be involved in the drills.
NATO seeks to send Afghanistan refugees to region
After leaving Afghanistan, NATO seeks to redeploy its forces in Asia and direct the flow of Afghan refugees to the region, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “We see purposeful attempts to escalate the situation, to undermine the existing mechanisms of interstate cooperation,” said the Russian top diplomat. According to Lavrov, small-scale structures, military alliances, which are formed by the logic of the Cold War policy and restraint, contribute to this process.
Erdogan-Biden meeting envisaged in Rome
The meeting of the Turkish and US presidents is scheduled for October 30-31 in Rome within the framework of the G-20 summit. According to Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Cullen, political, economic, energy and security issues are on the agenda, including the fight against terrorism, trade, the defense industry, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Karabakh, the Caucasus, Libya, the Mediterranean and others. According to Bloomberg, during the meeting with Biden, Erdogan will try to persuade him to allow the sale of US F-16 fighter jets to Ankara. The value of the possible deal is estimated at about $ 6 billion.
Greece strengthens border protection with Turkey
Greece has said that due to the illegal immigration of Turkish troops, the armed forces on the country's border have been brought to a high level of readiness. Greece has already deployed more than 250 additional troops along the border to strengthen its border with Turkey. The government has stated that Athens is always in favor of peace and stability, but is determined to protect its borders from any incursion. The Minister of Defense of Greece stated that the agreement signed with France in the field of defense will make Greece much stronger. Turkey and Greece have disagreements over the east, the airspace, the energy, the Aegean islands and Cyprus.
EU-Ukraine summit to be held in Kyiv
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are in the Ukraine. They met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The 23rd EU-Ukraine summit will be held in Kyiv today. The deepening of Ukraine-EU economic integration and energy security issues will be discussed. It is also expected that the Ukraine and the EU will sign an ‘open skies’ agreement.